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Prunus serrula

Birchbark Cherry
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Deciduous, Trees

PRUNUS

Discussed here are ornamental members of the genus Prunus. Fruit trees belonging to this genus—collectively known as stone fruits—are described under their common names. See Almond; Apricot; Cherry; Peach and Nectarine; Plum (includes Prune); and Plum Hybrids.

Ornamental species and forms can be divided into two categories: evergreen and deciduous. Evergreen types are used chiefly as hedges, screens, shade trees, and street trees. Deciduous flowering trees and shrubs, closely related to the fruit trees mentioned above, are valued for their winter or spring floral display as well as for attractive shape and for foliage form, texture, and sometimes even fall color. Many of these deciduous kinds offer a bonus of edible fruit.

Prunus serrula

This round-headed tree is grown for its beautiful, glossy, peeling, mahogany red bark. Leaves are narrow and willow-like, but its midseason white flowers that are sparse and almost hidden by new leaves are insignificant. The tree grows to 20 ft. tall and wide. Birchbark cherry is often used as a 5-foot-tall understalk for other flowering cherries, so you get the benefit of its bark and another tree’s flowers.

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